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Screening Plants

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With the warmer weather well and truly on its way, we’re spending more time outdoors in our gardens and backyards. And for most of us, a bit of privacy in these spaces equals more enjoyment and relaxation – not to mention keeping nosey neighbours at bay.

Creating a private retreat for clients with screening plants ticks all the boxes when it comes to privacy and sanctuary. A considered approach is an elegant combination of tall evergreens with deciduous trees and shrubs that sees the plants change with the four seasons for a more characteristic, responsive environment. Think lush foliage, shade and protection in summer, an auburn patina come autumn, the raw beauty of bare branches for winter and burgeoning greens and florals in spring.

Here’s a few inspired examples of screening plants now in stock at Kilby Park Tree Farm.

Waterhousia Floribunda.
The fastest of the advanced growers – a great solution for clients who need a quick result.

Waterhousia Floribunda

Photo: Anthony Wyer & Associates


Photo: DDB Design Development & Building

Photo: DDB Design Development & Building


Waterhousia floribunda

Kilby Park Tree Farm Waterhousia floribunda


Ficus hillii
This versatile, resilient and dense evergreen makes for a beautiful weeping canopy up to 6m high in urban environments.

Ficus Hillii

Photo: Shafer Design Limited


Ficus ‘Flash’
One of the most popular native evergreen hedging plants, loved for its fast growth and lush, dense green foliage. Just add water (and a little love)!

Ficus Flash

Photo: John Wheatley for Nathan Burkett Designs


Kilby Tree Farm - Ficus Flash 20cm

Kilby Tree Farm – Ficus Flash 20cm


Acmena ‘ Sublime’
This lovely mid-sized tree is great for privacy, thanks to dense foliage from top to ground and even easier on the eyes come summer’s white fluffy flowers. Highly tolerant to all seasons and seaside gardens, we love this all round winner.

Acmena Sublime

Photo via

Kilby Park Tree Farm Acmena sublime

Kilby Park Tree Farm Acmena sublime


Syzygium ‘Select’
Bushy, glossy and dark green, this Australian native shrub is a fast grower and responds well to pruning, shaping, for privacy and hedging.

Photo: Danny Kildare Rolling Stone Designs

Photo: Danny Kildare Rolling Stone Designs


Kilby Park Tree Farm Syzygium select

Kilby Park Tree Farm Syzygium select


2 reasons why your plants are dying or lacking vigor

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We get heaps of people coming to Kilby asking us why plants are either dying or lacking vigor. The two most common reasons are drainage and plant selection.


Plant roots are like our feet, they need to breathe, if you feet are constantly wet and soggy, they will start to smell and eventually rot, well the same goes for plants and their roots! If the plant sits in a watery hole their roots will rot and the plant will die.

  • Digging the planting hole twice the size of the pot breaks up the soil and improves drainage.
  • Adding Gypsum to the existing soil will create soil structure preventing heavy clay turning into sludge, aiding drainage.

But most importantly, having an engineered drainage plan in the designed landscape will be the best solution to wet and waterlogged soils in gardens. It is usually an expense that people choose to ignore as it is never see, but adding drainage down the track will be a much more expensive venture.

Plant selection

Plants that are able to live in compacted conditions are usually suitable to areas with poor drainage. And choosing plants that will live in these conditions will be by far the most cost effective option available.
Many plants are available that will thrive and are all suitable to wet boggy conditions in such as Tristaniopsis ‘Luscious’, Bamboo Species, Callistemon, Plane Trees, willows and Poplars.

One last point, water does not recognize property boundaries and may affect many properties in a large area but water is a valuable resource and the backbone of our industry.

Good luck and happy planting.